Idle Time

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One of my biggest regrets with my firstborn was not giving him enough time to do…absolutely nothing! Don’t get me wrong; there are definitely times to be a hands-on parent, but there are also times when it’s important to let baby be “bored”. Because here’s the secret: they won’t actually be bored! Downtime lets your little one learn self-awareness, and take in all the sights, sounds, and smells around them in a way that they otherwise can’t.

By the very nature of being a second child, Veronika gets a lot more time to herself to simply watch, figure things out, and notice. One of the best times is first thing in the morning. After she’s been dressed and nursed, I lay her on her blanket while I get big brother (and the cat!) breakfasted and ready for the day.

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This gives ample time to explore. Her fingers develop fine motor skills as she plays with her toys…

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Or she finds her feet…

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Or gets those feet in soft cat fur – cozy!

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Or discovers that fingers taste yummy…

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Or practices her gross motor skills, whether that’s the first head turn from side-to-side, or later rolling for tummy time.

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I even catch her chatting with her toys!

In sum, these idle “do-nothing” moments are precisely what your baby’s brain needs sometimes, a chance to find fingers and toes, or just turn their head and look side to side and take in the world.

Daily Read

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I remember searching once for a daily newspaper for two-year-olds, back when Travis was a toddler; I couldn’t wait to start him on a life-long love of the news, ha! Well, this adorable little moving picture page is almost like a daily newspaper for infants. Change the pictures up as often as you like. Perhaps a “weekly digest” is the right speed to entertain your little one!

All you need is construction paper, poster putty, and a few old magazines. Look for pictures of common items in the magazines, like shoes, cars, food, books, animals, or other common things your baby will recognize, and cut them out.

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I arranged a few of the pictures around the edges of a piece of construction paper, attaching with the poster putty.

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We put a big picture of Veronika in the middle, then sat down together to go over the “news”!

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As we went over each picture, I named the item, or a feature about it, like its color or shape. A few days later, we repeated with a new set of the clipped pictures. This way, her daily news keeps changing.

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What pictures did you find to post? Please share in the comments!

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